Scaldis has installed two pipe racks and six topside modules onto the hull of Equinor’s Johan Castberg FPSO using its heavy lift vessel Gulliver.

scaldis installs pipe rack modules July 2022

Gulliver installing modules onto the hull of Equinor’s Johan Castberg FPSO.

The lifting operations took place at the Aker Solutions yard in Stord, with the installation works completed in five days. Cargoes weighed between 300-2,750 tonnes.

During installation, Gulliver was kept in position by a combination of mooring lines and anchors to obtain a very controlled move-in.


Gulliver has now arrived in Bristol, UK, where it will be put to work on EDF’s Hinkley Point C project. It will be joined by the heavy lift vessel Rambiz to place the 5,000-tonne cooling-water intakes on the seabed. Each intake head will be connected to tunnels used to circulate cooling-water for the nuclear power station.

Ian Beaumont, project director marine civils at Hinkley Point C, said: “This starts a summer of complex offshore operations, with teams working in collaboration to deliver an incredible feat of engineering. It demonstrates the continued progress being made at Hinkley Point C.”